City Leaders Support Centennial Park Flag Proposal

Council looks for ways to help the cause, which is being pursued by two Coronado residents, including a retired vice admiral.


The campaign for a flag in has gained the City Council's backing with Councilwoman Carrie Downey asking Port Commissioner Lou Smith whether .

Smith told the council it would be possible when members discussed the issue last week. 

Smith was there to report on recent Port activities, but when the flag proposal was raised by Downey, Smith quickly signaled his interest in the project.

“Good ideas always flourish,” he said. Sometimes they take a while to come to fruition, but on this one he said he would “like to find a short road.”

Toward that end, Councilwoman Barbara Denny suggested that the Daughters of the American Revolution could help with the project; she is a member. Mayor Casey Tanaka said that the company that manufactured Coronado's flag had contacted him about donating the flag.

This was all music to the ears of Vice Admiral Ed Martin, who has been a strong advocate for a flag at the park at the base of First Street and Orange Avenue.

“This is very encouraging,” he said. “I’m very pleased and happy for the support Lou Smith, the City Council and city manager have given this project.”

This is a busy time for Martin, who, in addition to seeking the flag for the park, was named last week .

Kathy Williams Campbell November 21, 2011 at 03:18 PM
I am PRO American flag anywhere we can get one!!! This would be a perfect location!
John Tato November 21, 2011 at 04:28 PM
I am opposed to the idea of a large flag in the park at the foot of Orange Avenue. The park offers an unobstructed view of San Diego. A flag would block this view to one extent ro another. A better place for a flag would be at the Coronado end of the bridge, where it would be seen by everyone entering Coronado. John Tato


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